Founder of Ata Patent, Turkish patent attorney Selcuk Akkas was born in Eregli, Konya, finished his first and secondary school education here and then moved to Istanbul to study law. After graduating from Istanbul University Law School, he completed his legal internship to qualify as an attorney at law in 1992.
Specialization in trademarks
Mr. Akkas is one of the first lawyers to specialize in trademarks in Turkey, filing hundreds of applications for the registration of trademarks, defending his clients’ rights against objections, and following other official formalities with the Turkish Patent & Trademark Office. He also defended his client’s rights on cancellation of trademarks, unfair competition, and violation of intellectual property rights.
Pioneer in trademark law
He completed his obligatory military service as a military judge at the Military Court of Turkish Armed Forces in Ankara. Mr. Akkas started to work for Eczacibasi Ilaç Pazarlama, the largest pharmaceutical company in Turkey, in 1994. He gained experience in business law and in intellectual and industrial property rights law here.
He resigned in 1998 to move to the USA to improve his legal English and to study master’s degree. He lived in Houston, Texas from 1998 to 2006, studying Legal English courses and graduating with a master’s degree in American and international law at Lone Star College. He returned to Turkey in 2006 and formed Ata Patent Inc.
In addition to the above-mentioned master’s degree, he worked as an intern at various American companies, the University of Houston, and the Karadag Law Office in Houston to gain firsthand experience in business and international law.
Mr. Akkas represents hundreds of domestic and international companies in legal matters of intellectual property law, business law, and commercial law.
Mr. Akkas provides legal services on commercial and business law to all kinds of business entities. He provides consulting services, prepares draft investment agreements, and provides legal services for incorporation formalities to foreign investors. At the same time, he provides legal consulting services to Turkish companies for investments they would do abroad.
Performing Mediation in IP law
Mr. Akkas passed the exam given by the Turkish Patent Institute (Turkish Patent and Trademark Office) in 1996 with the registration number “30” and he was among the first trademark attorneys in Turkey. Mr. Akkas has awarded an honorary award by PEM Patent & Trademark Attorneys Association on 22 October 2016 for his service over 26 years in the profession.
Mr. Akkas passed the exam initiated by the Turkish Patent Institute (Turkish Patent and Trademark Office) in 2013 and got registered in the TPE Patent attorneys’ register with 1324 registration number. Patent & Trademark Attorney Selcuk Akkas still working as a trademark and patent attorney within the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office scope.
Trademark and Patent Expert Witness
Mr. Akkas has been a trademark and patent expert witness in various courts and executive offices in the field of Istanbul Courthouse and he has examined the files, went to discoveries, and written expert reports.
Trademark and Patent Mediator
Mr. Akkas passed the exams in 2014 and got registered in the Head Department of Mediation within the body of the Ministry of Justice, with the registration number of 1224. Since that date, he directed various parties to mediation, especially in cases of trademark and patent infringement, malicious registration, and compensation.